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The Inn At The Roman Forum
Ranked #13 of 1,257 Hotels in Rome
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Reviewed July 19, 2007

I went with my wife to the concert of Genesi in Roma. I searched many hours in the web to find a nice hotel. Finally I decided for the Inn as San Anselmo (I do not know it) was full.
We reserved a double room for just one night. We arrived at 12.00 and we had to wait until 13.00 (seems normal in Rome). However they showed us the old ruins just under the hotel and they offered us a complimentary welcome drink in the terrace. Finally we got a much better room than the one we hired for the same price. Room 301. Quite ample (it seems that for Rome standards), sitting area, fireplace, impressive bed, big TV scree, IPOD device, two windows facing the narrow street. Bathroom: nice and clean with shower and bathtub with jacuzzi (quite pleasant after a long walk). Nice terrace in the top floor where they serve breakfast. If you pay more you could hire two rroms in the top with a small garden. Things to improve: a beer in the minibar costs 8 EUR, and breakfast (they run out of crosissants). Total price excluding extras: 264 EUR (as said before we got room 301 that should be more expensive).
Tips: from the airport to Termini in train 30 mn (train every half an hour). From there underground to Cavour 2 mn, and then 10 mn walk. Lokk for Via Baccina; the hotel is hard to find.
5 mn walk to Forum and Colisseum; 15 mn walk to Fontana di Trevi; 15-20 to Piazza Navonna and Pantheon.
It was hard to find nice restaurants close to the hotel ;cavour 313 just fine (I would not go there again but closes very late).
Cul de Sac close to Piazza Navonna decent food at good price.
5mn walks to the forum;

Stayed July 2007
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Reviewed July 3, 2007

We stayed at the Inn at the Roman Forum on our last night in Italy, and wish we had time to stay a few more nights! Tucked away in a small street near the Roman Forum, the hotel is less than a year old, but is located in wonderful old building. The rooms were clean and luxuriously modern (the jacuzzi bathtub was such a nice addition, since we found a jacuzzi to be quite a rarity in Italian hotels). The location can't be beat for purposes of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Borghese Gallery, etc. The hotel is charming, and only 12 rooms. The small staff was very helpful and accomodating.

Yes, there actually are ruins connected to the hotel, and archeologists are working to unearth and restore (nothing noisy). It appears that the current building abuts a former Roman aristocrat's home that includes wonderful artifacts, columns, tiles, etc. The manager was more than happy to let us wander around and take photos. While ruins are abundant in Rome, it was so special to have access to some "private" ruins, that are just now being explored!

We took a taxi to the airport the next morning -- only about 40 minutes. Such a nice alternative to staying at one of the non-descript hotels near the airport.

We would love to return and would highly recommend.

  • Liked — Modenr with Charm
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed May 22, 2007

We just returned from a trip to Italy, where we spent three nights at the Inn at the Roman Forum -- 2 nights on the front end of our trip, and 1 night before flying home. We first learned about the hotel through Small Luxury Hotels, and booked it after reading good reviews on the Trip Advisor site. Prior to our arrival, we contacted the hotel by email to arrange car service from the airport. They confirmed the arrangements for us (58 euros payable in cash to the driver), and also noted that there could be an additional charge if we were delayed. As it turns out, our flight arrived about an hour late, but the driver was still waiting for us exactly where promised, and he delivered us to the hotel without any additional fees. On top of that, we were thrilled to learn that they had a room ready for us upon arrival, even though we got to the hotel about 10:30 a.m. on a Friday. That was welcome news after an overnight flight, and we very much appreciated being about the shower and refresh before heading out for a day of exploring the city.

The first room we stayed in was located on the first floor, and was very nicely appointed. The iPod docking station was a particularly nice touch, as well as the bathroom amentities. Perhaps my only complaint about this room was the noise that we got from the hallway as people went in and out at night or in the morning. That shouldn't be a problem for those on any of the other floors. The second room we stayed in at the end of our trip was located on the rooftop level with a terrace opening out to the enclosed courtyard. This room was absolutely beautiful, even boasting an exposed brick floor. While there was no external noise from this room, the walls seemed to be extremely thin, as we could hear the people in the neighboring room cough all night long. Other than that, we really didn't have any complaints.

The rooftop terrace is a delightful place to enjoy a cocktail and snack in the later afternoon after sightseeing and before heading out for dinner. It's also a great place to start your day with breakfast. As previous reviewers have noted, the hotel's location is on a small side street that we could never have found on our own. In addition to its proximity to the Colosseum and the Forum, it is easily within walking distance or a short cab ride to almost all of the ancient Rome attractions. Once you round the corner to the hotel, it's like being in your own little corner of the city without the noise and traffic, which was definitely a plus.

The staff was very friendly, and ready to help whenever we needed something. We did have some problems the two times they called a cab for us, but the problems were on the taxi/traffic end of things, and were not the hotel's fault. In fact, we found it was just as easy to walk down the hill and around the corner to the Hotel Forum and catch a cab there. One caveat on the cab drivers in the city: while most of them are very pleasant and honest people, you will occasionally find one who is not. We had one driver palm the $20 bill my husband gave him and claim he had only handed him a $5. My husband promptly pulled out the additional money he thought he owed, along with a tip, then as I got out of the cab on the driver's side, I saw him pull the $20 out from underneath the pile of money. He looked up at me, smiled, and promptly pulled away. We travel quite a bit and are usually much more cautious about things like this. I can only attribute it to jet lag and a long day of exploring.

Finally, initially we had concerns about staying in the city the night before flying out. Then again, we decided that we would much rather spend our last night of vacation enjoying what we could of the city. Again, we used the hotel's car service, and the driver was there promptly as scheduled on Monday morning. We even had time for a light breakfast before leaving, as the hotel's breakfast buffet opens around 6:30 or 6:45 a.m. We made it to the airport in plenty of time, and wouldn't hesitate to do it again.

  • Liked — Hotel size, proximity to ancient Rome attractions
  • Disliked — Hallway noise
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 360 helpful votes
Reviewed May 18, 2007

I stayed at the Inn at the Roman Forum for three nights during the beginning of May, 2007. The hotel was a little difficult to find, as the local streets were closed for May Day and the taxi could only get us as close as a few blocks from the hotel. I had read some other reviews about going up a street, then a narrower street, so with that in mind I had no problems finding the place. My suggestion, look at it on Google Maps or Google Earth first and you'll understand how to find it!

Check in was prompt, even though we arrived around 10am, and we were given a beautiful king room. From what I'd heard of other properties in Rome, I was expecting two things: 1) a lot of traffic noise - none here - not a single sound of a car the entire time since this hotel is located on a tiny street that rarely gets cars, and 2) a tiny, tiny, tiny room - not here - the room was HUGE with a large bathroom that had both a jacuzzi tub and a separate amazing rainfall shower. The gardens are amazing, the breakfast/living room is gorgeous, the view is breath-taking. There are 2,000+ year old ruins located on the first floor of the hotel, and you can explore them whenever you want.

The location is perfect, you can walk to anything within minutes, and within 30 seconds you are at the ancient trajan markets, the tomb of the unknown soldier, and within about 3 minutes you can be at the coliseum. A lot of people want to stay by the Spanish steps - but I think that's an over-rated location - noisy, touristy, commercial.

The staff is wonderful - I had a long conversation with the GM, as well as many of the staff members - they were all wonderful, and truly have a passion for what they do in life.

The best way to describe the Inn at the Roman Forum is "perfect". It's a very exclusive property that makes you feel like you're living in your own mansion located in the middle of a great city - you are taken care of when you want to be taken care of, then suddenly you can be on your own in the gardens or on the terrace, enjoying the company of your traveling companion.

Please, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have!

  • Liked — Feeling like I owned an amazing mansion in Italy complete with staff to take care of me...
  • Disliked — Absolutely nothing...
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with friends
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New York City
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed May 12, 2007

We started our honeymoon at the Inn at the Roman Forum, three wonderful and very comfortable nights. The service was personalized, helpful, friendly and "stop anything they were doing to take care of us". They were happy for us to take a laptop to the room for checking internet - very handy! Its a small hotel so faces become familiar very quickly - which is nice! The room was perfect - absolutely no complaints. We had a nice jacuzzi, a nice fireplace, and a superb bed! The roof terrace is georgeous - we had long breakfasts with a magnificent view. The hotel is actually connected to the Roman Forum - so the location is perfect to walk to Piazza Venezia and the Coliseum. The quietness in the middle of a touristic spot was very valuable (you wake up with the bird songs in the morning!). Restaurant recommendations were also fantastic! Do ask them about little cozy restaurants in the little streets close to the hotel (rather than the touristic areas). Breakfast was good, but we think they can do this bit better! The price/value may be a bit overpriced (but not much).

  • Liked — The roof terrace
  • Disliked — The small elevator
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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Arkansas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed April 22, 2007

We booked our 2 night stay at the Inn at the Roman Forum through the Small Luxury Hotels website. We booked the "Luxury Escapes" package which included a complimentary airport pickup, breakfast, and free upgrade upon availability. We did get an upgrade to a deluxe room, and it was wonderful!! It was a very spacious room and we felt like we were staying in the bedroom of a friends' lovely home, and not a hotel room. We loved the room furnishings and flat screen TV. Comfortable bath robes and slippers, great bath products, spacious bathroom with jacuzzi tube. This hotel has only 12 rooms and is off the beaten path in a place that we would never have discovered on our own--truly a hidden gem in Rome. The staff was always friendly, helpful, and assisted us with reservations and directions on multiple occasions. The morning breakfast and evening hors' d'ouevres on the beautiful terrace were such a nice treat. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone. Location was great too.

  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 26, 2007

This is a special place. The centrally located hotel has only 12 rooms. It has a terrace overlooking the rooftops in ancient Rome. The staff is the best we have ever encountered. The food is unbelievable and the rooms are sensational. The small cobble stone street leading to the hotel makes you wonder what you are getting into but once you enter and go upstairs it keeps getting better and better. No need or room for a car but prepare to do some walking and stay alert because the drivers are bold.

  • Liked — the staff, the rooms, the food, the location
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank murphthesurf
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Property: The Inn At The Roman Forum
Address: Via degli Ibernesi 30, 00185 Rome, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Monti
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Kitchenette Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Rome
#8 Romantic Hotel in Rome
#32 Family Hotel in Rome
#68 Business Hotel in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Inn At The Roman Forum 5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just a few steps from some of the oldest and most precious ruins in Rome, including the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, this inn, member of the small luxury hotels of the world with 5 star service boasts charming views of the Campidoglio, Palatin Hill, Roman Forum, Venice Square. It is represented by Small Luxury Hotels of the World and is the only luxury residence in Rome which actually houses Roman ruins inside it. At the entrance, a passageway leads you to a Cryptoporticus, an exquisite stone gallery with engravings that can be traced back to 2,000 years ago. The five star service accommodations are carefully decorated in a modern style and are luxuriously furnished. On the roof terrace you can enjoy free snacks from 17:00 to 20:00. This inn is pet friendly. ... more   less 
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